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Punch support new birmingham talent

2011.03.25 | 0 comments
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Punch are very pleased to announce the winners of our BASS/ Talent 2011 award, the Handsworth-based trio called Sherrazi, have been selected to perform as part of punch’s BASS festival in June at PST in Digbeth.

We are very excited to see how Azizi, Sherelle and Kerry (all 18) develop and grow over the next 6 months.

Here is there audition video:

SEARCH ENGINE | Grand Union | 21 March to 30 April 2011

2011.03.16 | 0 comments
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SEARCH ENGINE | 21 March to 30 April 2011
1 cycle of open-residencies and workshops, 3 artists groups, 1 place of arrival and departure, 3 ongoing research projects and works.
A 6-week programme of new research, contexts of collaboration, creation and distribution.

For SEARCH ENGINE Grand Union has invited three artists groups – Manu Luksch & Mukul Patel, American Mountains, GOTO10 – to work in the project space for two weeks each; taking as their departure point the investigation of the relationship between history and technology, and the way it connects to Grand Union’s locale, Digbeth (Birmingham).

21 March – 2 April
MANU LUKSCH & MUKUL PATEL, Kayak Libre [[free thinking, free transport]]

Thursday 24 March, 6-9 pm: Opening
Artists’ talk at Grand Union, 6.30 pm
Screening of shorts by Manu Luksch at VIVID, 9 pm

Thursday 24 Mar – Sunday 27 March:
Water Taxi available to book from 19 March.

Saturday 2 April, 12-2 pm: Final open workshop

2 April – 16 April

Friday 8 April, 12-8 pm: Not Romania day
Event 6-8 pm

Saturday 9 April, 12-8 pm: Greenway day
Event 6-8 pm

Friday 15 April, 12-8 pm: We Fucked This Up day
Event 6-8 pm

Saturday 16 April, 12-11 pm: Final workshop and Launch event

16 April – 30 April
GOTO10, /!POP!: points of presence/

Saturday 30 April: Final open workshop

Friday 13 May 2011, 12-8pm
Grand Union presents an exhibition of material produced throughout Search Engines.
Artists’ Talk
At 6pm the SEARCH ENGINE artists discuss their experiences on the residency programme with the project curator.

Capsule forthcoming gigs

2011.03.12 | 0 comments
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Capsule are delighted to be hosting a show with WOODS this Monday at the Hare & Hounds. Support comes from The Doozer & Spectrals. Doors are 8pm

“A distinctive blend of spooky campfire folk, lo-fi rock, homemade tape collages, and other noisy interludes, all anchored by deceptively sturdy melodies.” – Pitchfork

Read what Pete Ashton has to say about the show

Other Capsule shows that are coming up include:

Tuesday 22nd March
Seefeel + Dead Fader + Epic45
Providing a bridge between the electronic nouveau and indie-rock and feat DH Scotch Egg and ex-Boredoms drummer Iida Kazuhisa.

Wednesday 23rd March
Arbouretum + Health & Efficiency + Tigernaut
Producing sweeping, atmospheric textures of heavy psych folk

Sunday 3rd April
Earth + Lori Goldston
The band took its name from the first incarnation of Black Sabbath. they are best known as pioneers of a minimalistic, long and repetitive form of heavy music known as drone.

Sunday 15th May
Matmos with J Lesser + John Wiese
Ever shifting  experimental electronic music duo originally from San Francisco

For further details check

A pigeon lover and a pest controller debate if the birds are to be loved or loathed

2011.03.10 | 0 comments
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Project Pigeon’s debate on BBC 5 live radio last night:

Extra Special People Salon: Screening

2011.03.09 | 0 comments
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Gene George Earle selects some of his favourite artist’s film and video. Bring your own popcorn!

Home Movies at VIVID

2011.03.09 | 0 comments
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Join VIVID from 10-12 March for HOME MOVIES, a three day exhibition of films selected by community curators from Hodge Hill, in association with Reel Access.

Writing in the Sand, courtesy Sirkka-Liisa Kontinninin/ Amber

There is nothing closer to us than home. Our home can mould us, sculpt us, create us and destroy us. Home Movies provokes concepts of belonging, development and memory. It ultimately tackles the issue of what is home – is it a building, is it a place, is it geography, is it identity and for us, what is it that makes us ‘Brummies?

THURSDAY 10 MARCH | 6PM | admission free

Preview event including exhibition discussion with the community curators from Hodge Hill, Yasmeen Baig-Clifford (Director of VIVID) and George Fleming (Director of Reel Access), Roger Shannon (Birmingham Film & Video Workshop) and Pogus Caesar (Birmingham-based photographer).

THURSDAY 10 – SATURDAY 12 MARCH | 12-5PM | admission free

Exhibition of documentary films, artist’s moving image, and archive footage of Birmingham. 

The Home Movies community curators are: Paula Elenor, Bryan Foster, Martin McNally and Ryan Smith. 


VIVID | 140 Heath Mill Lane | Birmingham | B9 4AR 

T: 0121 766 7876 | E: |


Home Movies is a project commissioned by VIVID and delivered in association with Reel Access –

Home Movies gratefully acknowledges support from Birmingham City Council via Birmingham Cultural Partnership.

Today! Book Launch: Bill Drummond – Imajine

2011.03.08 | 0 comments
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Book Launch: Bill Drummond – Imajine
Tuesday 8 March, 6.30-8pm, Eastside Projects



Drummond will be celebrating the publication of IMAJINE by standing on a chair and engaging all those present with nothing but the power of the words contained in this book.

He will also be instigating the construction of a sculpture entitled 40 T-shirts For Sale.

And it being Kanaval, the biggest day in the Haitian calendar and Kanaval being our Pancake Day, Drummond will be making pancakes for anyone who wants one.

college essays for sale

The pancakes are free the books are not.

VIVID’ is In Association With… 2011

2011.03.03 | 1 comment
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VIVID is pleased to announce the artists selected for creative support scheme ‘In
Association with…’ Launched in 2009, ‘In Association with…’ is central to artist support at VIVID, and combines access to VIVID expertise and facilities with opportunities to present and test work with the public. The scheme encourages risk taking and supports interdisciplinary practice and emerging projects and partnerships.

In 2011 the scheme will support Eitan Buchalter, Companis, and Ayo & Oni Oshodi.

The inaugural commission of ‘In Association with…’ 2011 is Veer, a new work by live artist Eitan Buchalter. An important aspect of Buchalter’s practice is implicating the audience within the structure of the performance thereby forcing them to perform. This places the response of the audience at the centre of the work. Developed in collaboration with Fierce, Veer is a subtle yet radical public intervention on Saturday 05 March, which sees him
interrupt Birmingham City Football fans en route to St Andrews.

From July-August 2011, VIVID welcomes Companis, a nomadic practice working between the interstices of artistic and curatorial practice. Companis, meaning to ‘break bread with someone’ was formed in 2009 and comprises Kaye Winwood and Siân Tonkin, who develop participatory artworks and experiences and engage audiences in acts of social or relational participation; specifically exchanges involving gift-giving, gestural or transient acts such as
eating, play and conversation.

For the final commission of 2011, VIVID are joined by twin sisters Ayo & Oni Oshodi whose practice centres on observations of behaviour in public and communal spaces while hidden. These observations are often noted and re-distributed in the site they were originally observed. Ayo & Oni usually hide within the environment they are focusing on, converting disused space into an observation outpost. Parallel to their visual arts practice, Ayo & Oni
write film-scripts and are currently working collaboratively on a novel.

To follow the progress of the ‘In Association with…’ artists, please visit

Toolkit – Book keeping, self assessment and all that financial jazz

2011.03.01 | 0 comments
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Toolkit – Book keeping, self assessment and all that financial jazz
Thursday 3 March, 6.30-8pm, Eastside Projects

Hildegarde Darby leads a session on accounting for sole traders. With over 20 years experience working in industry and current financial manager for Rhubarb Rhubarb, she will be taking us through Excel spreadsheets, Self-Assessment and much, much more. Don’t miss out on how to streamline your finances and all the ways you can save money.

£FREE to ESP Members or £4 on the door (we can provide a receipt for your expenses accounts!!)

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